Motorola Edge 30 wants Samsung Galaxy A53's affordable 5G crown

Looking for a 5G capable handset for under £400? Motorola's Edge 30 is a serious contender

Motorola Edge 30 in hand and pocket
(Image credit: Motorola)

Looking for a 5G phone that's on the right side of affordable? Motorola reckons it's got the best solution in what the Chicago-based company calls the "thinnest 5G phone in its class": the Edge 30. 

Eat that, Samsung. At least that seems to be the intent, as the Edge 30 is a direct competitor for the Galaxy A53 5G. Motorola is pricing the handset at £380 in the UK, too, undercutting its Korean arch-rival by a whisker. 

So what does the Edge 30 bring to the table? There's 5G connectivity, of course, wrapped up in a 6.79mm thick (well, thin) frame that also holds a 6.5-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 144Hz fast refresh rate.

Being so slim, however, does mean there's a little less battery than your norm: a 4,020mAh cell is inside this mid-range handset, which is a good chunk less than the 5,000mAh cell that you'll find inside the Galaxy A53. I think that could pose some problems for longevity per charge, especially with 5G connectivity being such a drain.

The processor on board, rather like the price, is middle of the pack too: it's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+, paired with 8GB RAM, and that should help counter some battery drain. 

Regarding cameras there's a 50-megapixel main snapper, complete with optical stabilisation, which is the kind of level you can expect in other current (and much more expensive) flagships such as the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Even the Edge 30's second camera is 50MP, albeit ultra-wide. The third lens, however, is just a 2MP depth sensor.

That's the Motorola Edge 30 in a nutshell: thin and light, 5G capable, and a cut of the price compared to many a competitor, including the OnePlus Nord 2. For £380 in the UK (€450 in Europe, there's no USA release) it sounds like a strong competitor for one of the best cheap phones on the market. 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.